Be Well Be Happy

After a few very difficult weeks learning to navigate slowly and with a new awareness, I smiled to myself and knew this is often the journey for so many of us. Two steps forward, one step back. Being able to use whatever happens in your life and make it workable is actually the path itself.

We can choose to use everything that happens to us as the means for waking up. I came across the following quote by Pema Chodron that resonated strongly with me; “ To stay with the shakiness- to stay with a brokenness, with a rumbling stomach, with feelings of hopelessness and wanting to get revenge- that is the path of true awakening. Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic-this is the spiritual path. Getting the knack of catching ourselves, of gently and compassionately catching ourselves is the path of the warrior. We catch ourselves one zillion times as once again, whether we like it or not, we harden into resentment, into a sense of relief, a sense of inspiration.” Bullseye!  We are learning to stay in the eye of the storm and know this too shall pass.

One of my yin students gifted me a beautiful pewter necklace with Thich Nhat Hanh’s handwritten inscription, This is it. Practicing being present on our mats teaches us when we get off the mat to bring the teachings into our daily life. To be aware of our sorrows, joys, judgements, and everything else that occupies space in our minds and to simply be with it. To listen to a friend or acquaintance about their heartaches without trying to make them feel better but rather being present with their unshakeable pain.  Healing takes time and patience.  “Take my hand. We will walk. We will enjoy our walk without thinking of arriving anywhere.” Thich Nhat Hanh.

I have witnessed in the past month much suffering and I have also felt more love than I knew existed. People are truly compassionate souls who want to help one another. If you take the time to start and end your day with a grateful heart, you will be surrounded by so much love and support. Living in a small community such as Rockaway it is easy to feel safe and at ease.

My wish is for others to have what we have in this very unique neighborhood: a connection to one another. There are so many helpers who are more than happy to offer their services.

Real strength comes from being able to work through your suffering with courage and faith in something greater than yourself. The power of community working together, joining hearts for all not just oneself but for all others is the path to freedom.  Being able to surrender and open to whatever is happening in your life is the key to liberation.  May you know your worth. May you feel loved. May you be reminded each day, THIS IS IT. Have unshakeable faith and find gratitude in each day.

“The wound is the place where the LIGHT enters you” ~Rumi

 By Helen Kilgallen

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